Participating in Giving Tuesday has been a beloved philanthropic tradition since 2012, and it’s a great alternative (or addition) to the holiday shopping season that kicks off on Black Friday. However, it’s important to support worthwhile causes in your community and beyond throughout the year. One of the best ways to give back to your community is to support a nonprofit organization whose mission is aligned with your interests.
How To Get Involved in Your Community
Here are some ways to get the satisfaction of making a difference in the world:
Donate to a specific fund. Donating to a special fund at a nonprofit allows you the gratification of knowing your gift will help to accomplish a particular goal. This can be especially meaningful if you have a personal connection to that goal, such as your own experiences or those of a loved one.
Set up one-time or recurring monthly donations. It’s easier than ever to make a one-time or recurring donation to your favorite nonprofit. Most organization websites have simple donation buttons, and many use platforms that automatically process donations and send out donor receipts. Monthly donations in particular help to maximize your gift in an effortless, budget-friendly way.
Purchase wish list items. Many nonprofits have a wish list of items that are most frequently needed. Even if you can’t make a major donation, odds are that you can purchase one or more items from this list and bring it or ship it to your organization of choice. Wish lists can also be fun and budget-friendly ways to give because the cost of desired items often varies widely.
Donate items. Some nonprofits accept donations of items as well as monetary gifts. Depending on the organization’s mission, you may be able to donate everything from gently used clothing and other merchandise to large items like vehicles and pianos. Donating these items allows you to clear out space and support a good cause in the process. Be sure to check the nonprofit’s website for item donation rules and preferences.
Volunteer. Charitable organizations nearly always need helping hands as well as donations. Consider volunteering at a fundraising or informational event on a one-off basis, or doing so on a weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis. You’ll have fun, meet new people, and learn a great deal about causes you’re passionate about. You’ll also benefit from the joy and empowerment of accomplishing worthwhile goals, no matter what may be going on in your life or in the world.
Give Back to Your Community With Progressive Lifestyles
Progressive Lifestyles, Inc. is dedicated to providing innovative support services for people with disabilities. Our mission is to provide supportive and caring residential opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Oakland County, Michigan.
A primary focus of our organization is to interact with the individuals we support through the “Culture of Gentleness” model. We seek to create a positive environment to help them feel safe and valued while maximizing praise, limiting demands, maintaining consistent structure, and reducing stress during transitions.